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Died On This Date (December 1, 1969) Magic Sam / Chicago Blues Man

Posted by themusicsover on December 1, 2009

Sam Maghett
February 14, 1937 – December 1, 1969

Sam Maghett, more commonly known as Magic Sam, was a respected Chicago blues musician who began building a following during the early ’50s thanks in part, to his distinctive tremolo, or “trembling” style of play.  He was part of a new generation of blues musician that was breathing new life into the genre.  That group including Buddy Guy and Otis Rush.  Maghett landed a record deal in the late ’50s and although none of his records charted, they are considered very influential upon future generations of Chicago blues musicians.  The momentum of Maghett’s career was cut short when he was drafted into the army, deserted after just a few weeks, resulting in a six month jail term.  Magic Sam scored a few minor hits during the early ’60s, but suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 32.

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